Replenished sand levels have allowed Council to reopen another beach access in central Kingscliff last week.
Council staff restored and reopened the access south of the Cudgen Heads Surf Life Saving Club ramp last Thursday, after the beach escaped the possible effects of the previous week’s storms.
It was the third beach access re-established by Council in recent weeks, as increased sand levels have enabled safe access at sections along the Kingscliff coastline.
“There is now just one beach access left to open and Council officers are continuing to regularly monitor the area,” Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.
“The particularly rocky nature of that site means there will need to be quite a lot more sand build-up before a safe access can be created.
“However, this access is just south of the recently reopened ramp, so any inconvenience to the public in the meantime will be minimal.”
In December last year, Council constructed and installed new beach access stairs in front of the surf club – in a $16,000 project funded by the surf club and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks – after severe beach erosion forced the closure of a number of access points along the Kingscliff foreshore
Ms Stinson said sand levels had been naturally replenishing since December. However, storms in the Tweed a fortnight ago, as a result of Cyclone Marcia, had potential to cause considerable damage.
“It was certainly fortunate the Tweed coastline escaped significant erosion from those storms and the further restoration of beach access is positive news for the Kingscliff community,” she said.
The Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Gary Bagnall, said: “For some time, local Kingscliff traders have suffered from a lack of patronage partly due to restricted beach access in Kingscliff.
“The recent sand build-up has been encouraging.
“I would like to invite Tweed residents to start using Kingscliff beach once again and supporting the shops that have been struggling.”
Courtesy of TCS Media Unit, Friday 27 February, 2015